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The Best Comments of the Week 2/17

Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. Aural Hygiene

2. Heartless

3. EscoBored

4. Fowl!

5. Parent Poetry

6. Incomprehensible 

7. Earned His Wings

8. Can’t Stop

9. Party Poopers

10. Snippy!

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.

3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

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Good dads know how important it is to spend quality time with their kids and how fun it can be too. But it can be tough to keep coming up with new stuff to entertain your kids. If you’re dreading a weekend of kids complaining about being bored while you countdown the seconds until bedtime, we feel your pain. So each week we feature 3 simple ideas of things to do with your kids.

Make Paper Airplanes

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All you need for this activity is a tiny stack of paper and a little patience. Challenge your aviators to create a fleet that will compete for distance and acrobatics. Check out Fold ‘N Fly – it’s the perfect wingman for this. The website features over 35 different paper airplane designs, data on their aerial abilities and crystal clear instructions on how to make them.

GPS Treasure Hunt (Geocaching)

Treasure hunting… there has to be an app for that? Yup, and there’s an entire online hobby based around it! Download the app, register and you can instantly use it to navigate to a geocache location. Don’t forget to bring a pen – once you find it you’ll sign and date your visit and then log your experience online.  If your kids really dig this they can level-up and create their own geocache to hide for others to hunt down.

Ice Cream Challenge

Let your kids choose the ice cream flavors, cone and let them go nuts with toppings. Chop up their favorite chocolate bar, use sprinkles, whip cream, chocolate chips, syrups, jams, etc. Use the selection at your favorite ice cream shop as inspiration. Once everyone is done, share ’em and then vote for the most artistic and most delicious. I know what you’re thinking…the dreaded sugar high – but that’s been debunked by science.

For more suggestions check out last week’s 3 Things to Do With Your Kids.

3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

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Good dads know how important it is to spend quality time with their kids and how fun it can be too. But it can be tough to keep coming up with new stuff to entertain your kids. If you’re dreading a weekend of kids complaining about being bored while you countdown the seconds until bedtime, we feel your pain. So each week we’re going to feature 3 simple ideas of things to do with your kids.

Call the Police and Fire Department

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Kids are fascinated by officers, police cars, firefighters and their trucks. Fire stations often have open houses where they’ll give tours of the firehouse and will let kids get inside a fire truck. Police officers frequently make community appearances with their vehicles – dial up your local stations and reception will give you the 411.

Domino Toppling / Rube Goldberg Machine

Play around with setting up progressively more complicated domino chains to topple. Now it’s time to kick things up a notch Rube Goldberg style. Start putting stuff in between the sets of dominos: toy cars, balls, action figures, whatever creative ways your kids can think of to keep the topple in motion. Then try to complete a goal with your set-up, for example, when the final part of the chain completes, it results in a light switch being turned off.

Here’s some inspiration:

Hide and Seek in the Dark

At this stage in your H&S game, every great hiding spot in your house has been occupied and it’s lost its zest. Revive it by doing it in the dark and you’ll add a whole new to dimension to the game. Shut off all the lights in the house – cover up those LED alarm clocks and pull out the night lights. Everyone gets a flashlight so they can navigate to their hiding spots safely. Then it’s lights out and only the seeker’s flashlight is on while they track everyone down.

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For more suggestions check out last week’s 3 Things to Do With Your Kids.

The Best Comments of the Week 2/3

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Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. Saget Sundays

2. Coats

3. Konned

4. DNACCENT

5. Bye Bye Summer. 

6. Confirmed.

7. Parking Snitchuation

8. Give Me a Break

9. Duck 

10. Ruff

11. Slippery Situation

12. X

13. Loot

14. Deprivation

15. James Squared

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.

3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

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Good dads know how important it is to spend quality time with their kids and how fun it can be too. But it can be tough to keep coming up with new stuff to keep your kids entertained. If you’re dreading a weekend of kids complaining about being bored while you countdown the seconds until bedtime, we feel your pain. So each week we’re going to feature 3 simple ideas of things to do with your kids.

Indoor Camping

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Put up a tent indoors, break out the sleeping bags and find your flashlights. If you have a fireplace, light it up – make some smores and sing some songs. Tell some ghost stories if you dare. Let them sleep in the tent. Unlike real camping, you get to sneak out and enjoy the conform of your own bed. Yes, they’ll probably stay up late chatting given the novelty of their new sleeping arrangement, but that’s OK because you get to wake them up with a bugle when they sleep in. Hey, it’s for authenticity sake.

Dance Party

It’s time to get your family groove on. Start by asking your kids to go get dressed in whatever fun and crazy outfits they want to wear to the party. Each kid gets to make a playlist and take a turn as the DJ. Or you can just queue-up a YouTube kid’s dance party playlist. There’s an entire universe on YouTube of instructional videos for learning dance styles, moves and routines. Or just wing it. Mess with the lighting too. If you hit the dollar store first, you can grab glow sticks, necklaces and a screw in blacklight bulb. It’s about time you relived that 1990s magic.

Make Your Own Pizza

This one will keep ’em occupied for hours and the best part is – dinner is made, and they’re not going to put up a fuss about eating it. Start from scratch, make the dough and then roll it out with them. Yes, things will get messy but it will be fun for them to create their own mini-sized pizza and they also like playing with dough. Or keep it clean and simple and purchase a packaged pizza dough from the supermarket. The kids can help prep the toppings, chop the vegetables, grate the cheese and design the pizza anyway they please.

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For more suggestions check out last week’s 3 Things to Do With Your Kids.

The Best Comments of the Week 1/20

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Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. GO. TO. SLEEP.

2. Dirty Dishes

3. Memories

4. Capri-Fun 

5. Likes Gas

6. Survival

7. Vision

8. Go Away

9. Strikes

10. The New Jr. 

11. Switch

12. Drive

13. Blinded by the Lights

14. 30 Minutes or Free

15. Important Date

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.

3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

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Good dads know how important it is to spend quality time with their kids and how fun it can be too. But it can be tough to keep coming up with new stuff to keep your kids entertained. If you’re dreading a weekend of kids complaining about being bored while you countdown the seconds until bedtime, we feel your pain. So each week we’re going to feature 3 simple ideas of things to do with your kids.

Visit an Animal Shelter

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Kids love animals, so you can entertain your kids and teach them about a good cause, that’s a win/win! You’ll be able to visit the various sections of animals: dogs, cats and small animals (rabbits, hamsters, etc.) I know what you’re thinking, don’t worry, you don’t have to actually adopt. Shelters are cool with non-commitment and often have rooms where you can play with the cats, even without intention of adoption.

While shelters don’t accept volunteers under the age of 18, they’re always in the need for gently used towels, sheets and blankets (that don’t contain stuffing.) So you could put together a little care package of your used items before you go. And cat toys are always in demand – you could hit up a dollar store on the way and let the kids pick out a few.

American Ninja Style Obstacle Course

Put your kids to the physical test in a homemade obstacle course. This can be done indoors or out, but since it’s January we’ll opt for the home field advantage: it’s warm and dry. Use every piece of furniture you have at your disposal: couches, chairs, pillows, beds. Get creative in your space. Ask your kids to help create the course, you’ll be surprised what they come up with.

Here’s some inspiration! If the video below won’t play, click here)

Un-Bore a chore: The Grocery Store

When chores are mounting weekends can’t always be 100% fun time activities. So, bring the kids to the grocery store! I know, I know, hear me out. Tell your kids you’re going food shopping to get the food necessary to recreate their favorite restaurant dish at home. Let them each decide. Have them each make a mini-grocery list of the items they need. While you’re up and down the isles they can be searching for their own ingredients.

You can also challenge them to try new/weird foods from every section. Like, “who’s brave enough to try canned sardines?” Collect a handful of unique food items then make a platter out of them once you return home and see who will actually try them.

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Our 15 Favorite Dad Stories From 2018

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2018 was yet another strong year for dads. We were vocal, we rallied against outdated stereotypes. We had each other’s backs. We continued to proudly change diapers and we insisted on changes to public washrooms. We led with our soft side and warmed hearts with our strong side. We cried. We built things. We built strong relationships with our children. We kept being goofy and made our kids laugh.

And of course we set the biggest fashion trend of the year.

Wait, what?

Here’s our 15 favorite dad stories from 2018:

1. Change

One dad’s struggle with the lack of diaper change tables in men’s washrooms ignited a national conversation. New York State recently introduced a law requiring them.

Full story here.

2. Dances with Son

A video of a dad’s heartwarming dance for his hospitalized infant son went viral. A few months later he announced his son was cancer free!

Full story here.

3. SUPERDAD

Look up in the sky. It’s SUPERDAD! This awesome dad booked several flights over Christmas so he could spend it airborne with his flight attendant daughter while she worked.

Full story here.

4. ‘Paw Paw’ Power

A woman took a photo of grandfather Joe Hale as he held a stranger’s baby at the doctors office. He clearly has a very particular set of skills.

Full story here.

I was in the waiting room at the doc office today and this lady walked in with her sleeping baby! They handed her…

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5. Fire Escape Song Time

One dad was cool and collected while he and his daughter escaped the notorious “Camp Fire” in California.

Full story here.

6. Confronted With Compassion

When his son was being bullied at school one dad took a different approach in dealing with the bully. Kindness.

Full story here.

7. Bonding

Piers Morgan took to Twitter to belittle Daniel Craig for carrying his baby. Dads were shaken but not stirred. They rallied around modern fatherhood and had Bond’s back.

Full story here.

8. Heartwarming Halftime

An army dad returning from Afghanistan surprised his football playing son during his game.

Full story here.

9. Coastguard Surprise

A USCG father who had been at Guantanamo Bay for a year double-surprised his son at a Cleveland baseball game.

Full story here.

10. Son Interrupts Live Broadcast

NFL host Ian Rapoport continued to deliver his report despite his son’s antics.

Full story here.

11. Dancing Dad Embarrasses Daughter

A happy-go-lucky Cubs fan refused his daughter’s repeated requests to quit flossing.

Full story here.

12. Dad Turns Sons’ Drawings into Reality

A dad and his two sons collaborated to bring their drawings into the real world.

Full story here.

13. Coffee Turns Kids Into Superheroes

With a little photographic ingenuity one dad’s morning cup transformed his children into superheroes.

Full story here.

 

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14. Heartwarming Father & Son Ad

An ad for a French telecom brand danced its way into our hearts.

Full story here.

15. Dad Style: 2018’s Biggest Fashion Trend

White clunky sneakers and Crocs were in, just not the grass stains.

Full story here.

 

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#PostMaloneXCrocs drops today. Quantities limited, link in bio. *Update: SOLD OUT, more Posty Crocs coming next month*

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Make sure to check out our tweet roundup of the funniest tweets by dads from 2018.

Everyone at The Dad wishes you and your family a happy and healthy 2019!

The Best Comments of the Week 1/6

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Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. Cold

2. Practical

3. Favorites

4. Lando’d

5. Geometrical 

6. Hard Time

7. Bows

8. Wu-Tang

9. Classic

10. Holy

11. Stand-By

12. Jeopardy

13. Span

14. House Work

15. Macaroni 

16. Marky

17. Common Sense

18. Recipe 

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.

Lil Jon and Kool-Aid Man Just Dropped a Christmas Collaboration

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Yes, you read that correctly.

Watch first, ask questions later.

Ok, so how did all this go down? Lil Jon, who hasn’t released music since 2016, suddenly combines forces with a tasty beverage? Well, he told told Rolling Stone “I’ve been wanting to do a Christmas song for forever. I could never get the right inspiration to get it done though … I wanted to do something fun for young and old, and I think that mission is accomplished.”

Oh yeah!

The parent company, Kraft Heinz, says the goal of the song was to “give fans young and old the holiday party anthem they never knew they needed.” So true. We’ve been craving a dope Christmas tune since 1987 when RUN DMC released Christmas In Hollis.

Consider our thirst, quenched.

The best part is that the song is so catchy it quickly gets stuck in your head, instantly evicting that Baby Shark monstrosity.

“What Baby Shark monstrosity?” you ask?

Exactly.

Once again proof that Christmas is the time of miracles.

Lil Jon and Kool-Aid Man have since been tweeting back in forth:

We can’t wait until Busta Rhymes teams up with Sunny D!

The Best Comments of the Week 12/23

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Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. Cold

2. Fog Lights

3. Spicy

4. Absentee 

5. Scooby-Poo

6. Everything is His Fault

7. So Punny

8. Service Required

9. Christmas Cheers

10. Royal Flush

11. Mnemonic Vices

12. Zip-It!

13. Grumpy Grampy

14. Bed Sores

15. Replace Cartridge 

16. Revenge

17. Growing Pains

18. Enjoy The Silence

19. If That’s Even Your Real Name

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.

The Best Comments of the Week 12/9

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Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. In Cahoots

2. Remote Control

3. They Grow on You

4. Awesome 80s

5. GTFO (Get The Family Out)

6. The Hills are Alive

7. YouTube Generation

8. It’s a Breeze

9. All is Forgiven

10. My Diet Spirit Animal

11. Ho Ho Ho

12. Ouch

13. Over-Complicated

14. It’s a Boy!

15. No Friends

16. Slipped a Disk 

17. Kids are the Fountain of Youth

18. Little Known Fact

19. See Ya!

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.

The Best Comments of the Week 11/25

Every week we pan for comedy gold in the comments section of our Facebook posts. If your comment cracks us up (or warms our hearts) we’ll showcase it here!

Here’s this week’s roundup of the Best Comments of the Week:

1. Bomb Unit

2. Hero

3. Worth a try

4. Lie detector

5. Balance

6. DNA

7. Full nest

8. Disarm

9. Me time

10. Baked

11. Give him a hand

12. A Nugget of wisdom

13. Shedding

14. Mastermind

15. No skin off her back

16. Strings attached

Check out the previous edition of our The Best Comments of the Week here.